tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC November 8, 2019 12:37am-1:38am PST
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers. tonight -- john cena, star of "motherless brooklyn," actress gugu mbatha-raw, featuring the 8g band with brendan buckley. ♪ [ cheers and applause ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers, this is "late night. how's everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause that is great to hear. in that case, let's get to the news president trump held a campaign rally in louisiana last night and was joined on stage by cast members of the show,
"duck dynasty. [ light laughter ] or as that's known in louisiana, "fashion week. [ laughter ] at an event yesterday to honor president trump's 150th judicial appointment, senator lindsey graham said supreme court justice brett kavanaugh, quote, "lived a life we should all be proud of. [ laughter ] seriously? kavanaugh didn't even lead a life he remembers. [ laughter ] "whoa, why am i wearing this robe?" [ laughter ] republican lawmakers in oklahoma introduced a new bill on tuesday to designate a section of route 66 as the president donald j. trump highway. the way it works is men can hit 73, but women can't go above 50 [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause bill gates said yesterday that he made a mistake when he met with sex trafficker jeffrey epstein while fund-raising for his foundation. adding, "but if it's any consolation, i killed him.
[ laughter and applause that's right, bill gates said yesterday that he made a mistake when he met with sex trafficker jeffrey epstein. gates realized his mistake after speaking with an adviser [ laughter and applause [ cheers and applause local officials in las vegas passed a new law yesterday that would ban homeless people from sleeping on the street in certain areas of the city. said one woman, "i'm not homeless, i was taking a nap [ laughter ] have you seen my friends?" [ laughter ] the food company, jimmy dean is offering sausage themed christmas gifts, including scented wrapping paper in related news, the dog just ate your kid's xbox. [ laughter ] that's right the food company, jimmy dean is offering sausage themed christmas gifts. even though samberg and timberlake had that idea first [ cheers and applause
a student at the university of oklahoma won free tuition for a year on tuesday by making a half-court shot at a basketball game, which is incidentally bernie sanders' plan to get everyone free college tuition. "1 down, 20 million to go! [ laughter ] and finally, a man in idaho was arrested last week for allegedly attacking a police officer while wearing a jesus costume. he spent three deals - he spent three days in jail and then disappeared [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight [ cheers and applause he is a legendary wwe superstar and actor you can see in the new film, "playing with fire," in theaters this friday it's always a pleasure john cena is back, everybody [ cheers and applause and she is one of the stars of "motherless brooklyn," in theaters now, gugu mbatha-raw. so we have a great show for you tonight. [ cheers and applause i'm very excited i filmed my first stand-up
special. it is on netflix it's called "lobby baby. [ cheers and applause check it out this weekend. enjoy it [ applause ] it's a lot about what it's like when you have a baby in a lobby. [ light laughter ] moving on, republicans are standing by president trump even after major election losses and bombshell testimony, and now they're calling democrats dumb for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: donald trump is nothing if not a pioneer of the english language you might think he's just making up words or doesn't know how to read, but that is not the case you see, trump doesn't make errors he makes discoveries he's like a scholar. he spends all night scouring obscure 15th century medieval texts looking for previously unknown words. eureka, i've found it, lawmakers used to be called -- >> lawmarkers. [ laughter ] >> seth: and recently -- recently, dr. trump has made yet another profound linguistic discovery. he's invented a new powerful word that he loves so much he has now used it twice at two different rallies in the span of
one week >> first they engineered the russia hoax. that was a total hoax. the single greatest lies ever foistered upon the american people [ laughter ] then it was mueller. remember mueller with that hoax. [ audience boo's ] the biggest lie ever foistered upon the american people [ laughter ] >> seth: that's right. foistered. he sounds like daffy duck trying to say faster. "foister, foister, the democrats are after us!" [ cheers and applause trump is surrounded -- surrounded by so many sycophants that no one was willing to tell him foistered is not a word, so he used it twice soon, his underlings are going to start using it too. "this administration is moving foister and foister -- [ light laughter ] than any administration in history, but we're being stonewalled by democratic lawmarkers." [ light laughter ] trump's not the only linguistic genius in the gop this week. gop senator lindsey graham went
on fox news twice to talk about the impeachment inquiry. now, graham was asked about testimony from one of trump's handpicked ambassadors a guy named gordon sondland, who donated $1 million to trump's inaugural committee. this week sondland admitted that there was a quid pro quo to get ukraine to investigate the company that employed joe biden's son, hunter biden. that company was called burisma. and yet graham couldn't pronounce either the name burisma or the name sondland >> there was concern that the prosecutor was getting too close to hunter biden, that people from burimoosa, or whatever the name of the company, a conversation with sunderland now here's a question, why did sunderland change his testimony? was there a connection between sunderland and democratic operatives on the committee? it makes me incredibly -- incredibly suspicious. why did sunderland change his mind >> seth: you think he's in cahoots with the democrats you're not even in cahoots with your own mouth [ laughter ] trump and graham sound like 2 guys leaving a bar at 4:00 a.m. arguing who should dive home.
"give me the keys, you're too foistered to drive." "no, way, no way we need a r -- i'll call sonderland he'll pick us up in his chevy buroosima. [ laughter ] also verbal slipups aside, you think one of trump's handpicked ambassadors, a guy who, again, gave him $1 million to his campaign is in cahoots with the democrats? these guys are such paranoid freaks, they're going to start accusing everyone of being against them "who's the whistle-blower, is it you, rudy? what's that around your neck?" "oh no oh no, i thought this was my lucky necklace." [ laughter ] and yet despite the fact that these guys can barely get two-syllable words out of their own mouths, they're actually accusing democrats of being stupid last night during trump's rally in louisiana, senator john kennedy brought up the impeachment inquiry and said this >> and you know what our democratic friends have done for him? [ audience boo's ] speaker nancy pelosi is trying to impeach him [ audience boo's ]
i don't mean any disrespect, but it must suck to be that dumb >> seth: i think you did mean some disrespect. [ laughter ] i'm sorry, she's dumb? you don't get to call anyone dumb when you sound like a cross between gomer pyle and foghorn leghorn. [ laughter ] [ indiscernible [ cheers and applause i mean, again, i don't know how you can be so judgmental the dude you're standing next to thinks foistered is a real word. and he can't even spell his own name that's real. [ light laughter ] that is from a tweet trump wrote, himself you know how you get points on your s.a.t.s just for writing down your name trump would be the first student in history to get a score back that said, "maybe college isn't for you. [ laughter ] that same kennedy has also defended trump during the impeachment inquiry by saying that even if there was a quid pro quo with ukraine, trump didn't intend to break any laws. kennedy said in an interview, "to me, it all turns on intent motive, did the president have a culpable state of mind based on the evidence that i see, that i've been allowed to
see, the president does not have a culpable state of mind." [ laughter ] that's because he doesn't have any state of mind. his mind is empty. if trump took a meditation class and the instructor said, "first, begin by clearing your mind," trump would immediately shout, "done, i did it, mind cleared. [ laughter ] empty head cavern. so these guys think there's a shadowy conspiracy against them. and they think democrats are dumb for pursuing impeachment despite the fact that a majority of americans support it. in fact, these guys are so out of touch with reality that when house speaker nancy pelosi first announced the impeachment inquiry in september, trump himself argued that it would actually be good for him >> i just heard that she'd like to impeach and i mean, if she does that, they all say that's a positive for me from the election >> seth: oh, do they all say that when you say they, do you mean your other personalities [ laughter ] "scared trump says its bad, sassy trump says its good, and nerdy trump says bazinga." [ laughter ] so trump said impeachment would actually be good for him politically.
and yet on tuesday republicans saw major losses in virginia and kentucky, where a democrat won the governor's race in a state trump won by 30 points now, to be clear, kentucky's incumbent republican governor matt bevin was one of the most unpopular governors in the country. he fought with teachers and tried to gut medicaid, overturned an executive order restoring felon voting rights. and he tried to implement work requirements for medicaid recipients and i would just like to say, if we're going to start instituting work requirements for federal programs, maybe we should start with the presidency. i mean, trump is always golfing. he never works he's like that friend everyone has who's always posting photos from exotic locations, but when you ask him what he does for a living, he's like, "uh, well i'm working on an app that tells you which starbucks has the best bathrooms. yeah, it's called -- it's called starbutts. [ laughter ] so bevin's defeat -- [ cheers and applause bevin's defeat was a rejection, not just of trump, but of the gop agenda on issues like health care and education but the race was also very much about impeachment. in fact, a source close to trump even admitted the gop losses on tuesday were a bad sign both for
trump's re-election campaign and the impeachment inquiry. >> a source close to the white house told cnn the results were totally bad. kentucky and virginia signaled to the gop they are underestimating voter intensity against trump. and it could be terrible for them next year bad omen for impeachment >> seth: you guys really needed an omen to tell you things were not looking good [ light laughter ] republicans are like ancient egyptians trying to predict the seasons. the air is cooling, what could it mean? we must look to the stars for a sign [ laughter and applause dammit and what's worse - [ applause ] what's worse for republicans is they have no credible defense. they're flailing in fact yesterday, an msnbc reporter caught up to republican congressman mark meadows, a staunch trump ally and meadows was desperate to prove that republicans were not losing the impeachment fight >> hold on we have mark meadows right here. congressman meadows, can we talk about -- so he's walking by right now, but republicans are really struggling to defend the president -- okay great. >> we're not struggling on anything >> okay, so congressman --
>> the republicans are not struggling on anything >> seth: he's like a guy who's too proud to admit he doesn't know how to swim "i'm not drowning, do not throw me a life preserver. i love the taste of saltwater. i think i can see my grandmother. [ light laughter ] also can we hear that clip again with the tire screeching >> congressman meadows, can we talk about - so he's walking by right now but republicans are really struggling to defend the president -- [ screeching tires ] okay, great. >> we're not struggling on anything >> okay. >> seth: and now - [ laughter and applause even trump's own appointees -- [ cheers and applause trump's own appointees are admitting there was a quid pro quo with ukraine so republicans are changing their argument again yesterday lindsey graham, the guy who couldn't even pronounce the name of one of the key witnesses said trump couldn't have orchestrated a quid pro quo with ukraine, because he is too incompetent. >> what i can tell you about the trump policy toward the ukraine, it was incoherent. it depends on who you talk to. they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo >> seth: so they can't be criminals, because they're stupid it is not good when your defense is also a confession
no version of that is good either they broke the law or they're morons like if a cop pulled you over and said, "do you know the speed limit? and you responded, "of course not. i'm too drunk to read the sign." [ laughter ] so i guess what graham is saying is they would have committed the crime but they were too -- >> dumb! >> seth: this week should put to rest any speculation that impeachment would somehow help trump. it should also remind us that the gop agenda on issues like health care, education and voting rights is deeply unpopular. i don't know what will happen in 2020, but so far trump's plans have been -- >> foistered >> seth: this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause we'll be right back with john cena, everybody [ cheers and applause ♪ >> announcer: for more of seth's "closer looks", be sure to subscribe to "late night" on youtube. i was on the fence about changing from a manual to an electric toothbrush. but my hygienist said going electric
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♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: welcome back. give it up for the 8g band right over there [ cheers and applause all this week, we've had the longtime drummer for shakira sitting in with us who also recently wrapped a tour with legendary rock front man, perry farrell. be sure to follow him on instagram. brendan buckley, everybody [ cheers and applause thank you brendan, for another great week our first guest tonight is a wwe superstar and 16-time world champion you also know him from such films as "trainwreck" and
"blockers. he stars in "playing with fire," which is in theaters friday. please welcome back to the show john cena. [ cheers and applause ♪ ♪ >> seth: welcome back. [ cheers and applause oh, i was nattily dressed. and i want to ask you, you've had such a fascinating career. wrestler, and then you transitioned into films, and not just one kind of film, you do action films you do comedies that are family-friendly. you do comedies that are not kids-friendly. [ laughter ] and -- but how involved -- what's your involvement with the wwe these days >> have you been stalking me >> seth: i've been stalking you. i'm a big fan. i'm a big fan of your work >> that's fair that's fair. i'll allow it. no, i will never leave the wwe everybody's like, "well, hey, we don't see you in the ring regularly on "monday night raw"
or "friday night smackdown." the thing when you do these movies, and these are wonderful opportunities that i truly enjoy doing. and don't tell anybody, i'm sure, you know, this will stay between us i'm 42 i'm a little bit long in the tooth. i'm not as young as i used to be nor as quick >> seth: yeah. >> and even when i was in my prime, i was labeled unorthodox. [ laughter ] so, add unorthodox with age, and i'm just going to be like this - >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah. [ laughter ] >> so, i don't ever want to do that so basically, i had to kind of to look within and realize that like, i've had a great contribution over there, and i can no longer do it full time because i just -- i'm not built to last like that. >> seth: right >> it's a rigorous schedule. and then, add on top of that, these wonderful opportunities where when you get them, they're like, "yeah, we're going to film for six months." when i was like, "hey, can i have weekends off to get my face bashed in? [ laughter ] like, "no, you can't." >> seth: yeah. >> yeah, you can't so they just don't -- the movie business doesn't allow you to do both >> seth: but the wwe must be happy when you do find time to come back as somebody who has been away, and they just must be thrilled when they get to see you.
>> no, it's great. and every single interview i do, like, i'm taking so much of my wwe experience with me to this new chapter of my life and it is my family. i realize their fans are so dedicated and passionate, and i'm one of them. like, my position has just changed. >> seth: yeah. >> i just watch as a fan, and i contribute as a mentor, and i coach more and i still love it. it's still the most exciting thing in the world that i wish i could do it forever. but it's just a different set of circumstances. >> seth: position changed, your haircut changed as well. >> yeah. >> seth: how are the wwe fans of that >> the wwe fans hated it >> seth: they do, yeah >> yeah, yeah. so -- so, for 25 years -- i go for almost 20 years, i wore, like, a nice $6 high and tight >> seth: yeah, yeah. >> where i just go in, and be like, "usual? yeah, usual." and now, i just stand in front of a turbine engine and put a lot of goop in my hair >> seth: yeah, there you go. you actually found a way to do it for less than $6. >> yeah. yeah, yeah, yeah >> seth: so in this film, you play a smoke jumper. >> yes >> seth: which is a very highly -- the most elite, i guess, version - >> 336 in the world. >> seth: that's only -- only 336 smoke jumpers
>> only 336 in the world >> seth: and these are firemen who basically just drop into the center of the blaze. >> yes, keep in mind, they're choosing this as a profession. they drop at low altitudes so it's a very dangerous jump. often times dislocating joints and breaking bones they then set the bone or the joint on the spot and go to work with the injury. so they drop into these wildfires, and they stay until the fire is contained. so they drop in with their gear to fight the fire and supplies to live. so like, they'll drop in as a team and somebody sets up camp, and the rest of them go fight the fire, and then, they take shifts sleeping and they just never stop so that's definitely something i could never do >> seth: yeah. >> yeah, i very much admire it >> seth: and yet, this is also a kid's film, and it's about firefighters >> don't get this one twisted. this is a fun gag fun for the kids - >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. >> in no way, shape, or -- >> seth: i feel like we focused too much on the fire jumping part of it >> yes yes. >> seth: kids are like, "i don't want to see this movie, mommy. no, but this is -- cause this is about you basically have to take care of three kids in an unexpected way >> the reason we wanted to use smoke jumpers is because the first responders are heroes. their job description is to put themselves in harm's way to save
others and we wanted to get an elite sense of those first responders. so with only 336 smoke jumpers, seemed like an obvious choice. so we wanted to establish, like, these guys are super fearless and heroic, and can handle everything except normal life. >> seth: yeah. >> life gets turned upside down. poop, soap, gags >> seth: yeah, there you go. >> you guys know, it's fun [ laughter ] >> seth: how do you like -- you've worked with kids before is it hard being on set with kids just because obviously, there's a -- you have to keep it pg >> no, no. so, and -- i guess it's all about environment. kids are special i filmed a show recently called, "are you smarter than a fifth grader," and these kids were so wonderful and brilliantly talented the original concept of the show was a comedy bit with essentially the host and the competitor when i saw these kids, i know the kids are the stars >> seth: yeah. >> we have to showcase what they do and it was on nickelodeon, which is a partner of the movie. so we wanted to embrace these wonderful, beautiful minds, and they're awesome. and it was the same with "playing with fire." we just had to have things like a bouncy house on set. >> seth: right
[ laughter ] >> and toys everywhere and our director andy fickman was awesome. like, day one, he sat us adults down he was like, "you guys all signed up for a kid movie, we're going to treat the kids super special. we're going to take care of them first and you as responsible adults are going to wait your turn, and we'll get to you afterwards." so the kids were great because they had such a fun time making the movie. and we tried to make it never like work for them >> seth: that's fantastic. >> and us as adults were cognitive enough to know, like, i didn't know what was going to do at eight years old, let alone be asked to do something on cue. >> seth: you were youngest of four boys, is that right >> no, no, i'm the second oldest of five. >> seth: five. >> yes >> seth: did you guys all treat each other with the same respect that those kids were treated with on the film set >> we did not. >> seth: yeah, yeah. [ laughter ] >> yeah, yeah, it was -- worst household ever >> seth: really? >> yes yes. think -- think "animal house." >> seth: okay, yeah. [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: were you by far the biggest of them all? >> no see, we're all really built like -- we all have big hands, we all wear, like, size 13, 14 shoes.
all of us are in that, like, 200 to 250 pound range >> seth: oh my god >> we're all really close in age. it's, like, 45, 42, 41, 39, 37 so on any given day, you could get your ass kicked. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> it was -- you literally just, you earned every inch. >> seth: at what point did - just the house clear out of anything fragile or breakable, like, at which point did they just give up trying to have nice stuff around >> probably by me, child two probably >> seth: yeah. you just kind of bail at child two. >> and then, by child five, the entire house was tempur-pedic. [ laughter ] run into a wall and sink into a wall, yeah, yeah >> seth: i have a lot more to ask you. we're going to stick around. >> let's do it >> seth: we'll be right back with more from john cena [ cheers and applause ♪ wake up, wake up! ¡diego! ¡diego! estoy ocupado. ¡déjame! !déjame! ma!! [ song: johnny cash, "these are my people." ] ♪ these are my people
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have missed. [ light laughter ] i can see seven code violations from where i stand >> you heard the commander who authorized putting this stuff up, anyway >> um, somebody. >> you tell that man to pack his bags and go. >> um, okay. [ cheers and applause >> seth: welcome back to "late night. we're here with john cena. [ laughter ] that was a clip from "playing with fire. i know you have -- you have three nieces, were they excited to see you in that "my little pony" shirt? >> so they haven't seen me yet and i'm like -- i'm like this crazy, weird, mythical uncle john >> seth: yeah. >> that when i show up, i'm a cartoon character cause they see me on wwe. >> seth: sure, of course >> television or whatever, and they haven't been able to see movies like "trainwreck" yet >> seth: right >> so this will be the first time they go to see crazy uncle john on a movie screen >> seth: oh, that'll be very exciting >> so usually, when i come to visit or they come to visit me, i literally assume the role of like a tackling dummy. >> seth: yeah. >> it's unleashing, which is karma cause i was just such a crappy kid [ laughter ] so basically, they climb all over me, and like, it's a bunch of wrestling around. and i try to absorb as much of their energy as i can.
and their parents just disappear. [ laughter ] i get totally ghosted by my brother and their significant others, and they're just in the corner kicking with a drink, and be like, "fine, you take care of them for a while." but, i honestly really -- i love them to death. i look forward to seeing them. we're going to hang out on thanksgiving and it's -- i love the perspective of young people. it'll be interesting to see how they take the -- >> seth: they'll be very honest. >> they certainly will >> seth: i feel as their reviews of movies are really - >> uncle john, why did you suck? [ laughter ] yeah >> seth: so this is very rare, but sometimes, guests are on the show and they tell a story about another celebrity, and - >> what have i done? >> seth: well, that's the thing. we had sean casey on who was - >> what have i done? >> seth: an ex-baseball player and he talked -- he told us this story, about one night, he was in a bar with you and he asked you to - what's the move called >> it's called a chop. >> seth: a chop. he asked to be chopped >> he did. >> seth: by you. >> he did. >> seth: which seems like a thing you would only ask if multiple drinks had been drank >> yes, this is correct. >> seth: and you being a professional, did you say to him, "hey man, i can't do it?"
>> i feel like i can be honest with you guys. yes. >> seth: yeah. [ cheers ] >> okay. so, the setting is the major league playoffs. the major league baseball playoffs >> seth: yeah. >> the red sox are playing the tampa bay rays i just so happen to live in tampa, and was rooting for the rays that year don't hold it against me red sox fans >> seth: yep, yep. [ light laughter ] so, i know sean for a long time, he's staying at the team hotel he's like, "hey man, come on down, we'll say hello. saying hello to sean and tim wakefield and myself at that time, was pretty much drinking the bar out of everything that was liquid >> seth: yeah, yeah. >> yes, so in the height of our dysfunction, he's like, "hey, man, you know like the rick flair chop, i want you to chop me. i'm like, "dude, you don't you definitely don't want that to happen. [ laughter ] but i did not say it as sober as that i was like, "deborah, no bro [ laughter ] don't, don't go there. so eventually, they really forced me, like both sean and tim wanted to be chopped and like, "okay, what's the safe -- what's the best way. you guys have to chop me first." so i take my shirt off as you saw in the clip, it's something i do [ laughter ] >> seth: by the way, if i had your body, i'd do it too [ laughter ]
i'm not judging. i'm not judging. [ cheers and applause >> yeah. >> seth: yeah. >> so, sean hits me, and a chop is an open-hand strike on the -- the breast plate so it makes a good sound - i'm mic'd and i have clothes on. but it makes a good sound. [ strike sound ] >> seth: yeah, very helpful for in the ring. >> yes >> seth: yeah. because it's the audible crack like it makes that cracky sound, but it hurts like hell so he winds up and hits me he doesn't know how to do it okay, fine tim winds up and -- he's a pitcher. i thought, i'm going to get creamed. he didn't know how to do it. now, sean is like -- and before he could say, "do me," like he has his chest out from, pun intended, left field whack. and look at this i put a frying pan on his chest. so, i hit him and he goes, "oh!" and he exposes his back, so i was like, "boom. "oh! [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause and that literally led to three dudes holding a royal rumble in the lobby of the red sox team hotel. >> seth: oh my god >> at like, undisclosed a.m.
time [ laughter ] and i don't think -- i don't know if they made it to the game the next day >> seth: yeah. i'll have to look back at those box scores >> i know they didn't win the series s>> seth: yeah, i know that too. yeah, yeah, yeah >> so red sox fans, i'm very sorry. i may have sabotaged your team >> seth: you did some chopping you are from massachusetts >> yeah. >> seth: one of your jobs in the early days before even wrestling, a limo driver in new england. in boston. >> worst limo driver ever. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> yes >> seth: also, i got to be honest, boston, one of the hardest cities in the world to drive in >> yeah, so it's impossible. this is pre-gps, and full-on big digs, so they're digging up the entire city. i'm from west newbury, massachusetts, which is pretty much 95 north to new hampshire, that's it i'd never been in the city before, but i needed some cash my dad had a hook-up, he's like, "hey, go work for this car company, kid it's easy, don't worry about it." no maps, no nothing. all i know is route 95, that's it >> seth: yeah. >> so i have to pick someone up. that you have to take like the mass pike. or 495, i don't know any other highway. i'm literally the first day at
work just driving up and down 95. [ laughter ] just driving up and down [ laughter ] i know how to get to logan i remember my first pickup, i was three and a half hours late. >> seth: oh my god >> now i travel for a living, and you need to get where you need to go >> seth: yeah. >> because if you miss the plane, there's not another plane. that person called me every single name in the book. >> seth: yeah. >> and when i picked them up, their hotel was off of 495, i didn't know how to get to the airport. so it took another two hours just to get to the airport so basically, i totally effed up their day and that job did not last >> seth: did not last. >> i was not very good >> seth: i want to talk, you are incredibly charitable, and you use your name for so many good causes, and you're raising money for some of these first responders some of these -- >> well, you know, we're doing this movie, and this is a fun family movie to make people laugh. if you want to go to the movies and have a good time this weekend, go see "playing with fire," and take the kids it's one of those things that you can all go together and enjoy. so a lot of these interviews are people, like, "well, what do you think about first responders?" i give my honest opinion they're literally the bravest people i know.
put yourself in harm's way to save us. so if i'm telling you -- if i'm telling you they're my heroes and then, in their time of need, where they're like, "hey, we need help. if i do nothing, i'm a hypocrite. i'm full of [ bleep ]. so in their time of need, i have this movie coming out, and i've told everybody that they're my heroes i'm going to do the best i can, and i took action. and it's not about what you give it's about the action that you take to give and i wanted to make it known that like, "hey, i'm a man of action this is not just idle chatter. these people need us right now they need all of us. they're under some dire straits. and they're underfunded. and people don't have power or a place to sleep." so i step up and did my part but what i'm most proud of is people took the initiative, and began to match, like contribute to the donation, and make other donations. so by me making it public, and by me being proud to call these people heroes and take action, it allowed other people to take action which allowed the people who i think are heroes to get more resources and do their job >> seth: that's so great that you did that [ cheers and applause and i also want to ask other people who are heroes, are our veterans
>> yeah. >> seth: tell us about fitops real quick >> well, those who know me know that i love the men and women of the armed services i've been waving that banner for 20 years regardless of how you affiliate yourself, i just think they make an oath to make the ultimate sacrifice if put in harm's way and i just don't even know how to conceptualize that. so i found an organization called fitops, and basically they're addressing the very difficult question that we very seldom ask, why are there so many veteran suicides? 22 a day that's almost one an hour. one veteran an hour commits suicide. we're losing more veterans every year than the totality of the iraq afghanistan situation this is not good, but you always have to face these uncomfortable things you have to start the conversation i went to this charity i went to the camp i see how the process works. i became part of the process i felt the same way i felt the first time i was involved with make-a-wish. a sense of like, emotional fulfillment and attachment, and like i need to do something about this so not only did -- am i a spokesperson, but i'm also donating resources
but i don't want to do it alone. i wanted to get as many resources as we can. so i'm calling everyone to action i want to do a massive veterans day donation because this is about the vets, and we're going to try to keep them alive because they're my heroes i'm matching every single dollar you donate up to $1 million. [ cheers and applause so, i hope that everybody goes to fitops.org to donate right now. we're sitting at, like, $600,000 so we already got $600,000 in the bank >> seth: alright >> so if you guys give, i'll give right with you. we're not going to do it alone and let's work together and make veterans day super impactful for these people >> seth: one more time for john cena, everybody [ cheers and applause "playing with fire" opens friday we'll be right back with more "late night. thank you so much. [ cheers and applause ♪ l rings] ♪ bang bang, there goes my bang bang, ♪ ♪ i want my bang bang, i want my bang bang ♪ ♪ go bang bang ♪ there goes my bang bang, ♪ go bang bang, there goes my bazooka ♪
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under way. and we can quibble over the fact that there are too many people running, or nitpick some of the candidates, but i think we can agree that, to this point, it's mostly been a discussion of ideas. as opposed to the contentious republican debates of four years ago. >> oh, here we go again. >> seth: i'm sorry what was that? >> oh, nothing you were just elevating bernie sanders to sainthood as per usual. go on. [ light laughter ] >> seth: i'm sorry, everybody. this is one of our writers, matt goldich and as you can probably tell, matt is a conservative [ laughter ] >> yes seth, i'm a conservative, and i'm here to provide a balanced counterpoint to yet another one of your performativity woke estrogetorials about how we should abolish i.c.e. and replace them with a female riggs and murtaugh [ laughter ] >> seth: look matt, if you want to provide your conservative perspective on the show, write it up and submit it. don't just interrupt me. >> oh, i'm sorry, next time i'll include a trigger warning. [ light laughter ] welcome to the real world, comrade. i guess it's a little more rough
and tumble than those yoga retreats you go on with morley safer and dick gregory. >> seth: matt, i'm pretty sure both those people are dead [ light laughter ] >> well, that probably won't stop them from fraudulently voting in the democratic primary. [ laughter ] >> seth: look matt, i don't even care that you're interrupting the show as long as you don't show the very long graphics package that makes it look like you're one of the great conservative luminaries of our time >> ah, you must mean the one that lets people know it's time for "the conservative perspective." ♪ ♪ ♪ [ light laughter ]
[ light laughter ] >> seth: that package is way too long and it super sucks, but all right matt here -- you know what, here's your chance. tell me, as a conservative, why americans should re-elect donald trump, who has ballooned the federal deficit to nearly $1 trillion, which is something conservatives have always railed against. >> trump uh, well, you see, okay, all right, okay look, seth, i'm not really a conservative. i just wanted to be on tv like all the other writers on this show [ laughter ] but unfortunately, there's already a basic white guy in his 40s who steals all the show's airtime. [ laughter ] >> seth: gee thanks, matt. >> i'm talking about you, seth >> seth: yeah, i know. >> anyway, i just noticed when you're a boring white guy with no charm the only way to get on television is with conservative viewpoints
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♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: our next guest is a talented actress you know from films like "a wrinkle in time" and "beauty and the beast. she stars in "motherless brooklyn" which is in theaters now. let's take a look. >> first, they put up a notice that says the house will be condemned. it's not true, but that scares out about half and they sell for cheap. then they come in and take the nice old family homes, chop them into four and rent them up come in to do repairs and steal copper pipe instead. they haven't even submitted plans, just milked it till it really is a slum >> slam her for slumlords, bailey >> uh -- >> oh, what? you're one of those, thinks
they're just agitating >> seth: please welcome to the show, gugu mbatha-raw. ♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: hi, gugu. >> hi. >> seth: i'm so happy to have you here >> oh, so happy to be here >> seth: so we immediately, for those who don't know you, you are not of the accent that you have in that clip. >> nope. >> seth: you are from oxfordshire in england what were your first impressions of new york? >> probably the "home alone 2: lost in new york." >> seth: yeah. that's probably the best example of new york cinema yeah >> yeah, yeah. [ laughter ] that was probably the first new york movie then, probably closely followed by my "friends" obsession. >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: do you think it's then safe to say that you learned what you believe new yorkers to sound like from "friends"? >> oh, 100%. that's how i learned my american accent i used to imitate all the characters and yeah, i genuinely thought
that that was what new york was. i didn't realize that was -- >> seth: and when you showed up on this set, ed norton directed this film, were you like, "what are you looking for? like a phoebe, a rachel? [ laughter ] >> yeah, no, i mean, it was -- you know, this movie was kind of an amazing experience. coming with these really, you know, incredible new york actors like edward norton, alec baldwin, willem dafoe >> seth: yeah. >> you know. so yeah, it really grounded me, i think, after having those kind of experiences >> seth: this is based on a jonathan lethem novel. and for those who don't know the novel, ed norton plays sort of a private investigator he has tourettes you're a housing advocate. and i wondered if you had read the book or when you got the part, did you decide to read the book >> well, the first time i met edward norton, you know, i love to do my research. i'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to history, and researching all my characters. and so i was like, "so, should i read the book? like, what should i do?" and he was like, "if you read the book, you won't take this role because the role isn't in the novel. >> seth: right [ laughter ] >> so i was like, "phew, okay. that's one thing off my research
list." but, no, i mean it's amazing, the adaptation he's done you know, the novel's set in 1999 and he's transposed his character into the '50s. and you know, it's got this noir kind of '50s detective drama feel to it so it's a really bold adaptation it's amazing >> seth: one of the other things, we mentioned "friends. you're also in "morning show," which is one of the first shows on apple plus. >> yep >> seth: and, of course, stars jennifer aniston has -- was it been exciting? was it exciting to meet her for the first time >> yeah. yeah i mean, i tried not to kind of spill my kind of complete nerdy "friends" obsession to her cause, obviously, we were trying to work together but yeah, no, it's amazing and you know - her, reese witherspoon, steve carell, and the fact it is in this very contemporary morning show world it's really an amazing sort of look at post me too kind of era on morning television, and it's really juicy >> seth: you obviously have a lot going on right now, but i've heard you say in interviews that one of the things about your english friends, or just english people in general, they're not quick to praise you for your
success. [ light laughter ] is that accurate >> well, i think it's just the british way. i think that everything is really sort of no big deal i think that there's also -- nobody's ever overly impressed nobody gushes about what you do. you know, and a lot of things that i've done haven't always been on in the uk. so i'll disappear for a year and then come back and people are like, "where have you been have you been on a yoga retreat, or what have you been up to? [ light laughter ] and i'll be like, "oh my god, i've been working my ass off for the last two years." but you know, it keeps you grounded i think you know, brits don't get too excited about anything >> seth: i've also heard you -- sometimes you connect with a character through scent. >> yeah. >> seth: is this -- so when you're doing a film that's set in new york, what is the scent [ laughter ] cause that's - [ laughter ] >> that sort of subway grime >> seth: yeah. >> yeah, how do you capture that you know, for me, for this particular project, for "motherless brooklyn," i was looking for a perfume for laura. cause i -- you know, she's a sophisticated lady >> seth: yeah. >> you know, she's got a law degree she's a modern woman
so i chose a chanel scent for her which was kind of nice but i've had other projects where i played an orange seller in a play. and so i had a sort of scent of oranges, you know? and it was very sort of earthy and i've had other roles that are more sort of antique scents. you know, so it really depends on the character >> seth: gotcha. so it wasn't just full garbage [ laughter ] that is a good decision. >> yeah. >> seth: and it certainly pays off in the part. and thank you so much for being here it is such a delight to have you. [ cheers and applause >> aw, thanks for having me. >> seth: such a delight to meet you. give it up for gugu mbatha-raw, everybody. "motherless brooklyn" is in theaters now we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ♪ at hertz, we know that a change of scenery
[ cheers and applause >> seth: my thanks to john cena, gugu mbatha-raw, brendan buckley, and of course, the 8g band. stay tuned for "lilly singh." we'll see you tomorrow [ cheers and applause ♪ ♪ >> lilly: tonight on "a little late with lilly singh," the cast of "terminator: dark fate" and i channel our inner arnold schwarznegger we'll be back. wait, that didn't sound right. >> no, no. it's more like, "we'll be back." [ laughter ] >> i think it's a little deeper like, "we'll be back." >> it's absolutely fantastic but you're both wrong, it's,